Town and City Seals of Massachusetts: Presenting the Official Seals of Some of the Towns and Cities of Massachusetts, Together with Brief Historical Sketches and Local Anecdotes

Town and City Seals of Massachusetts: Presenting the Official Seals of Some of the Towns and Cities of Massachusetts, Together with Brief Historical Sketches and Local Anecdotes

Town and City Seals of Massachusetts: Presenting the Official Seals of Some of the Towns and Cities of Massachusetts, Together with Brief Historical Sketches and Local Anecdotes

Town and City Seals of Massachusetts: Presenting the Official Seals of Some of the Towns and Cities of Massachusetts, Together with Brief Historical Sketches and Local Anecdotes

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The aim of this brochure is to show the seals of some of the towns and cities of Massachusetts and to mention briefly some interesting facts about each one. We have not attempted to give complete histories but hope we have been successful in selecting bits of information which may be new to most of our readers and which might induce those interested to visit the places described and thereby become more familiar with the many attractive and historic villages, towns and cities in our own Commonwealth, a number of which rank high in the nation's recognized historic shrines and vacation resorts. There are 351 municipalities in Massachusetts and we plan to include others in a future publication. Any of our readers who live in cities or towns not treated in this volume are invited to send in anecdotes and items of interest not too generally known about their own communities which they think might be appropriate for us to use in next year's brochure.

We hope that the selection of our subject this year will prove of interest to our customers and other friends and that we may have discovered some items which are not too well known and which may add to the interest in the seals themselves.

A statement in a book published in 1817, now in the collection of the Essex Institute, Salem, seems to describe so well the proper approach to the preparation of a seal that we feel it is worthy of quotation here:

"The design upon the seal of a city should be unique, that it may not resemble that borne by the seal of any other city. It should, if possible, be characteristic also, so that it could not fitly be borne by the seal of another city. For it is an enduring link between the past and the future. It may bear upon its face an epitome of the city's history, which it carries down to a remote posterity. While books perish and monuments crumble, the seal . . .

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